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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 15, 1999 7

Castro, Cuba
get ready for
ene's win
*AVANA (AP) - Hurricane Irene dumped rain
cross western Cuba yesterday, forcing at least 130,000
ople to evacuate. Ranchers moved cattle to higher
round, schools and businesses closed and workers
aled warehouses storing Cuba's famous cigar leaves.
In the western province of Pinar del Rio, President
idel Castro met with civil defense officials about the
borm, which also battered Miami with rain, triggering a
h of traffic accidents during yesterday morning rush
A hurricane warning was issued for the Florida Keys,
tell as the a stretch of Florida coastline from Florida
i to Boca Grande, about 85 miles south of Tampa.
reas north of Boca Grande and between Florida City
nd Jupiter Inlet, on the east coast of the peninsula, were
ut on hurricane watch.
AL 5 p.m. EDT, Irene was centered about 65 miles
outhwest of Havana, and was moving north-northwest
t 7 mph.
Irene, which had sustained winds of 75 mph, was
xpected to hit the Florida coast Sunday north of Tampa
it winds near 95 mph. Forecasters predicted a poten-
i73-foot storm surge in Tampa Bay and up to 20 inch-
4 of rain.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injury
n Cdba or Florida.
tI Cuba, government-controlled television showed
astro congratulating authorities on their "organization-
I1 capatities" during a tour west of the capital, Havana.
Cuba put into effect its civil defense program, which
s based on a decades-old defense plan to mobilize the
ommunist country. Castro has a strong interest in dis-
ster planning, often visiting with defense authorities
nd meteorologists during hurricanes.
Wotect your life!" exhorted one public service TV
nnouncement, warning people not to cross rivers or go

* A1
c -
Workers in Havana, Cuba, prepare store windows yesterday for Hurricane Irene's high winds and torrential rain,
while shoppers purchase groceries to hold them through the storm.

World War II 'Gold
Train' auctioned off

The Wshington Post
In the dying days of World War II, as
the Red Army swept into Hungary from
the East, the country's fascist leaders
escaped to the West with a trainload full
of loot, headed toward neutral
Switzerland. They got as far as the
Austrian village of Werfen, where they
were forced to surrender their booty to
the U.S. Fifth army.
The Americans who captured the
train on May 16, 1945, eight days
after D-day, discovered wagon after
wagon crammed with the property
of the Hungarian Jewish bour-
geoisie, from furs and stamp collec-
tions to artworks and oriental rugs to
at least one crate of wedding rings
confiscated from Holocaust victims.
Over the past half-century, the fate of
the Hungarian "Gold Train" has become
the stuff of legend, books, moral hand-
wringing, and a protracted legal dispute
between the United States and Hungary.
Yesterday, a U.S. Presidential commis-
sion on Holocaust-era assets attempted to
write the end of the story. It said that part
of the loot seized from the Hungarian
Gold Train was auctioned off by Jewish
charitable organizations, part was requi-
sitioned by senior U.S. officers in Austria
for their personal use, and part was frit-
tered away through neglect and petty
In addition, the U.S. government trans-
ferred 1,181 paintings to Austria in 1949
in violation of international treaties stip-
ulating that "cultural property" looted
during World War II should be returned

to "the country of origin," in this case
Among the documents cited by the
commission is a requisition order from
the commander of U.S. troops in western
Austria, Maj. Gen. Harry Collins, for
large amounts of Gold Train property,
including a complete dinner service for
45 people, 30 sets of table linens, 12 sil-
ver candlesticks, 60 bath towels, and 13
rugs, for both his villa and personal rail-
road car. Despite repeated pleas from the
Hungarian Jewish community, the com-
mission added, very few of the valuables
were ever returned to their original own-
Publication of the report by the presi-
dential commission marks a new twist in
the long-running saga of Nazi gold. Up
until now, the United States has largely
escaped the spate of finger-pointing
against countries like Switzerland,
Austria, and France for failing to make
proper retribution to Holocaust victims
and their heirs.
In what was billed as a "progress
report" on the fate of the Gold Train,
the presidential commission on
Holocaust era assets described the
U.S. handling of the matter as a
"mysterious" and "egregious"
exception to a generally creditable
record on restituting looted Jewish
property. The commission was
established by Congress last year to
track the assets of World War I vic-
tims that may have passed through
the hands of U.S. government insti-

fishing or swimming in the ocean during the storm.
About 130,000 people from western and central
Cuba, many of them students in government boarding
schools, were evacuated as the hurricane approached.
Classes across the region were suspended. Stores, gov-
ernment offices and banks in Havana closed shortly
after noon.
Hurricane warnings were in effect for the Isle of
Youth, Pinar del Rio, Havana and Matanzas on the main
island's northern coast. As much as a foot of rain was
expected in many areas.
In Pinar del Rio, laborers worked to make sure water
didn't leak into warehouses storing the tobacco leaves
grown to make Cuba's famous cigars. Cattle and live-
stock in the rural region were moved to higher ground.

In Old Havana, housing officials were on the lookout
for building collapses, common there when it rains. In
Havana's Miramar neighborhood, just blocks away from
the ocean, residents crisscrossed windows with masking
Morning traffic in Havana was extremely light as
many chose to take the day off rather get soaked waiting
for the city's infamously slow buses.
In Florida, a full evacuation of the Keys was not
expected, said Billy Wagner, Monroe County
Emergency Management director. But officials began
Wednesday to ask visitors in the lower Keys to leave just
in case. Several storm shelters were to open in the Keys
for people with special needs, those living in mobile
homes and others at risk.

Art history Paris-style

t visitor to Paris' Orsay Museum yesterday looks at Honore Daumier's lithograph "57 Rue Transonian." The work is
part of a grand-scale retrospective of the artist's career,

Continued from Page 1
Madodo said.
Art and Design sophomore Jenny
Boyer drew many laughs with her
lip-synch rendition of "Father Hard-
Dressed as a Catholic priest,
Boyer slowly approached the stage
with her head bowed down as eerie
church bells and organ music played
in the background.
Boyer raised her right hand to the
sky as two church-goers approached
and tried to seduce her. Finally giv-
ing in, Boyer let the two girls rip off
her sacred attire as funky club
music replaced the organs.
"I think that I did this because
there is a lot of emphasis on gender
roles" said Boyer. "I think that gen-
der is pointless. We should all fuse
together as one gender. When we
look at each other, we should not
think of males and females, but of
humanity," she said.
Participants in the event were more
concerned that the show deflect soci-
ety's perception of gender roles than
make a statement about sexual orien-
Rackham second-year student Gary
Brouhard dressed in women's clothing,
but not in the glamorous-queen image
he said society has fabricated. He was
dressed a school girl, clad in knee-
highs and a plaid skirt. Brouhard, is not
a member of LGBT, but feels that
clothing is unfairly associated with
gender roles. "I think that it shows that
gender roles are things we put on, like
Brouhard hopes that the show
encourages other students at the
University, regardless of sexual
preference, or just those who want
to be different, to just "come out."

1ibrary acq
ontinued from Page 12
" pople study deviant anti-social
> f.ior and it is important for us as a
;odety to study works of evil,"
ollinger said.
Referring to the book written by Adolf
Ftler, he said "nobody would ever think
af banning 'Mein Kampf' from the library
because it gives us insight into some ofthe
rost-evil acts of the century."
Kaczynski earned his a master's degree
n mathematics from the University in
1 and his doctorate in mathematics in
1 .He was a resident in East Quad
Residence Hall during the academic years
of 1962-63 and 1963-64.
He published an 80-page mathemat-
ics dissertation in January 1968, titled
"Boundary Functions."
University officials said they wanted to
be clear that the University is not intent on
capitalizing on the notoriety of Kaczynski.
Bollinger said it is quite appropri-


uires Kaczynski
ate the University requested the mate- to the Univer
rials since "it is obvious we have one With the rel
of the best collections of anarchist ings, Peterson
work." Public Safetyi
Although she would not comment on "We are vc
the Kaczynski materials, Peggy Daub, concerns sur
head of special collections said the Peterson said
Labadie Collection is renowned for its of the situati
size and variety. this when nec
"We are one ofthe premiere collections Kaczynskiy
of social protest literature," Daub said. University o
The collection contains about 35,000 between July
books and 8,000 periodicals and sub- resigned from
scribes to about 700 serials from both the Theresa S
extreme left and extreme right. Western Am
The collection, housed on the seventh Bancroft Lib
floor of the graduate library contains var- California a
ied works relating to archaism including ters were not
civil liberties, socialism, communism, did Berkeley
colonialism, American labor, sexual free- Although
dom, the underground press, student Graduate Lit
protest and gay liberation. confirm how
The collection was established in letters, Salaza
1911 when Detroit anarchist Joseph ly a curator
Labadie donated his extensive library someone tied

ease of the news ofthe hold-
n said the Department of
is on alert.
ery aware of the security
rrounding the publicity,"
1 DPS has been apprised
on and they will address
was a faculty member at the
f California at Berkeley
1967 and 1969, until he
the university.
Salazar, curator of the
ericana collection at the
brary at"the University of
t Berkeley said the let-
t offered to Berkeley, nor
officials pursue them.
representatives from the
,brary said they wouldn't
'the library obtained the
ar speculated that it is like-
of the collection knew
to Kaczynski.

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